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Wednesday, February 11,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
Before Carl Lewis, Jeff Bezos and President Barack Obama made it to the top of their respective fields, they all worked in fast food — Olympic Gold medalist Lewis and Amazon founder Bezos worked at McDonald’s; the POTUS’ first job was scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. “People like to make fun of fast workers, but it’s an extremely challenging profession if you apply yourself,” says Tim Ellis. Ellis is owner of WOW Hospitality, a consulting company specializing in launching new restaurants.
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Stepping out

Former Verve Pipe drummer releases his first solo EP

by Ty Forquer
“That drum fill, man, it’s just fuckin’ right.” I’m sitting at the bar with Donny Brown, and Zakk Wylde and friends are ripping through a cover of “Mississippi Queen” on the TV behind us. Brown knows a few things about drums; the 52-year-old west Lansing resident spent 21 years behind the kit for the Verve Pipe.
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

Cool hand uke

Friday Feb. 13

by Ty Forquer
Not so long ago the ukulele was thought of at best a novelty, and at worst the butt of a joke. (Whatīs the difference between a ukulele and a trampoline? You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline. Thank you, I’ll be here all article.) In recent years, however, the ukulele has become hipster-chic, and everyone from Zooey Deschanel to Eddie Vedder can be seen plunking out tunes on the tiny instruments. This weekend the ukulelian invasion comes to Lansing.
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Wednesday, February 11,2015

The green report: Meet Mr. Green

My unexpected journey from average Joe to medical marijuana advoca

by Steve Green
Iīm a happily married, 36-year-old father of four amazing, healthy children. Iīm also a medical marijuana user and activist who was unwittingly thrown into the public’s eye.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

In a mellow tone

Betty Joplin puts life into every syllable

by Lawrence Cosentino
To grasp the vocal genius of Betty Joplin, start with the smallest word you can find. Joplinīs indigo-sky voice, with dusky vibrato at the edges, is too generous to take in all at once. When she sings the word "is" in "You Donīt Know What Love Is," the "i" gutters like a candle, for two or three warm seconds, until the "s" softly pinches it cold. Itīs a life lesson — a love affair, a breakup and burned fingers — in one syllable. "I prefer singing songs I can identify with in real life," Joplin said. "Otherwise, you donīt really have it down on the inside of you."
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Take a back road

īRide Michigan’ offers motorcycle tours off the beaten path

by Bill Castanier
About this time of year, as the snow piles up outside their windows, motorcyclists start to get antsy. Bill Murphy, who has written five books on motorcycle excursions, is already planning his next road trip on his Harley-Davidson Road King. In his most recent book, “Ride Michigan,” Murphy takes motorcycle enthusiasts on a tour of Michigan’s back roads, weaving through small towns and skirting the Great Lakes. The book is divided into four sections: the north woods, the lakeshores, the southern farmlands and the Great Lakes, and offers more than 30 tour suggestions. These tours range from excursions that only take a few hours to tours that require several days.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Curtain call: No drama

Inspired acting can’t save the aimless ‘Theatre2Film’ project

by Paul Wozniak
Undoubtedly, MSU’s “Theatre2Film Project” is an invaluable experience, giving students the freedom to write and perform their own Review work on stage and eventually on film. Audiences get an opportunity to see the “Theatre” part of the creative process, but unfortunately the production gives little insight into what the “2Film” process might be.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Turn it down

A survey of Lansing's musical landscape

by Rich Tupica
John Gorka at the Ten Pound Fiddle, Friday, Feb. 6 After cutting his teeth in the 1980s Greenwich Village music scene, John Gorka became a preeminent figure in the new folk movement. Friday he performs at the Ten Pound Fiddle. The New Jersey native, known for his sharp wit and poignant...
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

New in town

by Allan I. Ross
In the 1933 novel “Lost Horizon,” author James Hilton dreamed up Shangri- La, a utopian society populated with a citizenry that doesn’t age. Last fall, a new Lansing business opened that references Hilton’s utopia and provides personal pampering and skin-care services designed to slow the effects of weather and age.
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Wednesday, February 4,2015

Street..smart

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM HARNESSES THE ENERGY OF HIP HOP TO STRENGTHEN THE COMMUNITY

by Ty Forquer
It’s a cold January evening, and nearly a dozen junior high students and parents have braved the icy roads to make it to a classroom at the Oak Park YMCA. Classes at Lansing Public Schools were canceled that day, but class is in session at All of the Above Hip Hop Academy (AOTA). Electronic beats are pumping from computer speakers in the corner as Tyson Pumphrey, a.k.a Ozay Moore, lays down the ground rules.
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